Discovering how cars can connect to your smartphone is an area that has been explored by most major automakers. Telematics is an innovative system used by fleet operators around the world to identify, correct and prevent vehicular problems based on data recorded by onboard sensors and relayed to a base station for analysis. VoyoMotive takes the next logical step in intelligent car connectivity—DIY smart car telematics. Headquartered in San Francisco with a research and development center in Michigan, the company’s flagship product—VOYO—establishes a three-way connection between your car, your smartphone, and the Voyo cloud.
The Voyo system is housed within a compact USB-sized connector that is plugged into the Onboard Diagnostic System (OBD-II) port of a car. The device then gathers and transmits data to the VoyoMotive cloud through a secure channel that uses AES 256-bit encryption. This data can be used to plot, track, and analyze the vehicle’s route, fuel consumption, idling time, malfunctions, driver behavior, speed, direction and other vehicular parameters. The system requires no specialized installation and offers crowdsourced functions such as information about hazards and accidents along the car’s route. The Voyo app offers the standard suite of vehicular control options including remote trunk unlocking and opening, vehicle access control, and social media access. The system uses the low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 protocol to connect to the cloud and to a cellular phone and offers premium features that allow a user to immobilize a vehicle in the event of unauthorized access, advanced service center diagnostics, and keyless smartphone-based access. Other premium features include automatic engine shut-off based on idling and waiting time at traffic intersections.
Voyo has also been designed to aid fleet operators such as taxicab and limousine service operators with the management of fleets through a single screen. Data transmitted to a single hub location can help enterprise users analyze driver behavior and vehicle maintenance requirements.
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